This article goes a long way to explaining why we think this charitable organization is needed in the KC Metro area.
With our newly achieved status of a charitable organization 501(c)3 we are in fundraising mode! We need your help to turn the metropolitan Kansas City area, in particular, into the recognized leader in promoting the benefits of playing bridge to people of all ages!
We have a matching donor! For donations made between Oct. 5, 2019 and April 30, 2020, this donor will match them up to a total of $20,000. We have one pledge of $200 so far – let’s get this rolling!
While we are fundraising we will begin offering classes, particularly to youth and to their family members. Those classes will be held wherever anyone will host us! We are looking for libraries, churches, community centers, country clubs, etc. to offer us space at a nominal fee or no fee to begin offering these classes. The classes will be led by paid accredited bridge teachers only, but we are looking for volunteers to help out as table coaches as well. If you are interested in joining our list of teachers or volunteers, or if you have space available for holding classes – please contact us!
The longer term goal is to raise enough funds to either lease or own our own space. That facility will have its own instructional room as well as a separate large playing area. Of course, plenty of clean restroom facilities, kitchen space, coat storage space, parking space, and the latest in duplicate bridge equipment along with comfortable chairs with plenty of space around those tables and chairs, will also be included in that plan. As funds are raised we will begin to look into options for that facility’s location, hopefully sin Lee’s Summit to encourage both existing players and new players in both states to give us a try. If you know of a suitable property, let us know!
Like what you’ve read so far? Want to make a tax deductible donation?
Or you can donate by contacting any of our Board Members. (The amount that is tax deductible will depend on your own tax situation. Please consult your tax advisor.) You can mail a donation directly to Mo-Kan Bridge Academy, PO BOX 232, Greenwood, MO 64034-0232.
If you wish to make a donation of shares of stock, please contact the Treasurer for transfer information. Want to avoid even more taxes? Consider making an IRA Qualified Charitable Distribution. Seniors 70 ½ years of age and over, can transfer their IRA distribution directly to charity. By going directly to charity, the money is not included in the IRA owner’s income and is not taxed. This preserves the full amount for charitable purposes. Ask your IRA administrator to make a qualified distribution to Mo-Kan Bridge Academy.
Even if you can’t donate money right now, consider volunteering or at least letting others know of this organization. They might be interested in learning to play bridge or they might be willing to donate. So help get the word out there!